Autumn Spider – Tutorial #119


Hello, hello, hello!  I’m in Autumn mode again today and probably will be for a while now.  This is my favorite season to stamp. 

Today’s tutorial takes a look at the spider in a whole new light.  Usually we depict the spider as a scary creature, but I happen to be fond of the spider because he helps keep the bad destructive bugs in check in my garden.  This time of year the spiders really get busy and build their webs every where around my yard, home etc.    We live together peacefully, most of the time.  That is until I walk through one of their web creations, YUCK! 

Let’s get started.  🙂


Stamps: Inkadinkado “All Hallow’s Eve” & “Fall Season” also by Inkadinkado
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie & Taken with Teal
Ink: Stampin’ Up Really Rust, Cool Caribbean, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Basic Black, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Adirondack Stream
Accessories: Tim Holtz Ruler, Push Pin, Black fine point marker, Stampin’ Up markers Pumpkin Pie & More Mustard, White Gel Pen, Sponges, Versamark Pad, Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun


Stamped spider by first loading my stamp with Versamark and then loading it with black ink before stamping it on a 4.5″ x 4.5″ piece of Whisper White card stock.


Heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Stamped the Web in two corners of the card stock with Versamark only.


Heat embossed the webs using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Stamped the leaves by loading the stamp with Old Olive ink and then tapping the paintbrush tip of my More Mustard & Pumpkin Pie markers on the stamp before stamping.   This give a variation in color to the image.



Sponged in a circular motion So Saffron ink.


Sponged in a circular motion Pumpkin Pie ink, not covering the So Saffron ink entirely.


Sponged in a circular motion Really Rust ink, not covering the Pumpkin Pie ink entirely.


Sponged in a circular motion Baja Breeze ink.


Sponged in a circular motion Cool Caribbean ink, not covering the Baja Breeze ink entirely.


Stamped leaf flourish with Really Rust ink.


Used a ruler and a fine point black marker to draw the line for the spider.


Sponged Stream ink on the right side of the card stock.


Pierced two sides of a Pumpkin Pie Panel using the Tim Holtz ruler and a push pin.

Note:  This is a handy ruler.  It has holes in it so you can do your piercing in a straight line.


Assembled the card front and added highlights to some of the flourishes with a white gel pen.


Darkened the bottom side of the leaf flourish with a Black fine line marker to make it stand out more.


Here you have it the finished card measuring 5.5″ square.


I hope this tutorial has inspired you to look at the spider in a new light.

May your day be filled with pleasant breezes and sunshine.

Until my next post. . . . . . . . . . . . .



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37 responses to “Autumn Spider – Tutorial #119

  1. What a great card! I didn’t think spiders could look so cute:)

  2. This is absolutely stunning!

  3. Spiders usually give me the creeps, however, this one is beautiful! Your combination of colors is amazing and the scenes are astounding. Thanks again for one heck of a tutorial.

  4. I like spiders and your card is beautiful.

  5. Love the spider with a flourish! Will be trying to CASE this! Thanks for your easy to understand instructions!

  6. I never I thought I would say “Beautiful spider”! Very lovely card Michelle. Thanks for sharing.

  7. This is a great fall scene, a very lovely spider! I love that you’ve done several card with the same stamp set. Gives a person ideas of the variety that can be achieved. I just purchased a clear Monkey set and I was trying to imagine what you might do with a set like that. There’s a palm tree in it so I’m thinking I might be able to come up with a scene. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring sooo many people on a daily basis.
    Beth Greco

  8. yes indeed I love it. I never thought a spider could look so good on paper. Thanks for sharing.

  9. WOW, this is fantastic.

  10. I never thought i would like a spider but this is a fantasic card. Love how you used the fall colors.

  11. Evelyn----Ks.stamper

    Love spiders, well I don’t know about that, but I sure do love your cards. Hope that counts. Ha Ha , lol……..

  12. Fall is my favorite season to stamp also. Looking forward to your inspirations. I look at my brayer in a whole new light now and reach for it more often.

  13. This is soooooooooooooooo CoooooooooooooooL!!!

  14. I don’t know how you manage to consistently post a spectacular card and tutorial every day, but I’m so glad you do!! I love this take on an autumn spider! So different from anything else I’ve ever seen, but I just love it!!
    I hope all is well after the storms recently and that by now you have re-stocked your house with more chips and pretzels for the next emergency 🙂 J/k – but I’m glad you fared well during the storms! TC and have a great day!

  15. I too never thought I would be saying “beautiful spider”. Takes the some of the “creepy” out of a spider in the tutorial! Love it and thanks for sharing such a great card with us!

  16. FAbulous Michelle! Gosh you make it look so easy! Beautiful card, stunning design…can’t believe a spider card can be so amazing! So wonderful for you to share your talent! Glad to know you are safe from Ike and I hope the damage isn’t too dear. Blessings.

  17. Beautiful card!! I just love using your tutorials to create something similar!!! This one will definitely be one of my favorites!!! Kept thinking of you yesterday as you worked on clean-up from the storm. Glad the damage was minimal!!! Thanks for all your great art!!!


  18. I love, love, love the colors used together in this card! It is great!

  19. Sucha beautiful card Michelle – I too love Autumn. I love the glorious colors of Autumn! Have a great day.

  20. wow what fun and vibrant color great job

  21. Laurie Helgason

    I can’t believe you made a card after the damage in your yard. You must have been working hard to get the yard cleaned up.

    Love the card.

  22. Beautiful colors! Great card

  23. Beautiful card and such lovely colors!!

  24. This is stunning! My first attempt on one of your cards didn’t go so well. But try, try again I will. I think it’s my ink because I didn’t use pigments. Hehe, I already forewarned my husband that I have a major ink buying session coming up sometime soon though and then I am going to be going through your tutorials and practicing, practicing away!

  25. Beautiful card (even though it has a spider!) How do you keep your ruler from slipping? I recently got the Tim Holtz ruler hoping that I could pierce a straighter line than I do with my SU craft kit, but my ruler still moves. *sigh*

  26. Melissa asked “How do you keep your ruler from slipping?”
    Melissa, I keep a really close eye on it with each piercing I do and adjust if needed.

  27. OMG……… this is stunning, I will never be frightened like Ms. Muffet again…


  28. Yet another stunning, creative work of art. Your brain must buzz with creativity 24-7!

  29. What a cute story about the spiders in your garden Michelle, I find I get along fine with spiders too, as long as I have a can of Raid in my hand that is! . . . LOL!! I’m terrified of the creepy buggers. I love your card!

  30. You always make the most amazing scenes and this is no exception! This card is just stunningly gorgeous! It hits close to home because we had a huge spider web in one of the trees down by the hen house. Everyday I would look up into the tree and see the exact scene in your card :). It could easily be an illustration for ‘Charlotte’s Web’ too :). Just gorgeous- I love it.


  31. Just Lovely!!!
    I have both sets and share your appreciation for spiders and Autumn!!
    I was drawn to the Autumn set because of the tree. I LOVE bare trees!!
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent. I look forward to looking at your new creations every day!

  32. Your talent just awes me each and every day when I come to visit your blog and today was no different. This is right up my alley right now, I’m so excited about Halloween this year and I really don’t know why since we don’t even live in a neighborhood where kids trick-or-treat.

    Thanks for another beautiful card. I can only wish I could recreate one for myself.

  33. Ahhhh, the colors are so beautiful! Such a cute little spider!
    I love how you blend your colors whether you bray or sponge. These are very cool fall colors, I love them!
    I don’t often see the Anirondack colors in the shops I visit, they look so terrific on your cards–along with the Stamping Up colors of course!
    I am now gathering a list of ink colors I need to get!
    I know if I try anything at all like your techniques, my cards turn out so much better! If I had I not ever visited your site. I would still be stuck in a place kind of playing around but not expanding out. Since I have discovered and signed up for your tutorials, I feel myself growing in my ability! Thanks so much for these lessons! I am having so much fun making cards –even more than before!!

  34. Oh wow!

    I absolutely love this card.. in fact, all your cards.. I love your tutorials.

    i hope you don’t mind, but I’ve put a pic of it on my blog with a link to yours.. it’s just so lovely!

  35. Wow and Wow!!! Amazing card, I literally when “wow” when I saw it.


  36. fabulous card Michelle!

    so subtle and still spooktacular


  37. Michelle, this is beautiful. I really love the colors on this card. Autumn is also my favorite time of year! I am always amazed at how you can incorporate just about any stamp image into your ‘style’ of card making. I would have never been able to invision this … thanks for the inspiration!!